Caring for horses in hot weather

January 17th, 2018
Summer is a great time to spend outside and in the paddocks with our beloved horses. The extended daylight allows for more rides; however, this summer heat can be dangerous for your horse and can lead to dehydration, let

Summer: Dogs

January 17th, 2018
Dogs remain as eager to play as ever in warmer weather and with summer on the way it’s worth remembering that, as they can only regulate their body temperature by panting, they’re susceptible to heat stroke. Here are

Why does my cat need to knead?

January 17th, 2018
As part of a series of investigating the quirks of pet behaviour, we examine the feline urge to paw and prod. Most cat owners know what it’s like to be kneaded. Using their front paws and alternating between right an

Do I need Equine Insurance?

January 11th, 2018
Anyone who has ever owned a horse, or been around horses, would surely agree on how expensive and high-maintenance horses can be. It is not just that horses require a lot of care and maintenance, but there are so many ty

Pet safety: Summer BBQ

January 11th, 2018
In the summertime, our pets can often appear to enjoy a BBQ just as much as we do. The opportunity to be surrounded by lots of meat sizzling away, smelling fantastic and tasting great can prove irresistible. However, it

Dementia in pets

January 10th, 2018
Dementia affects around 63,000 people in New Zealand and animal experts believe it can affect our pets, too. Does dementia exist in animals? In a nutshell, yes. It’s usually known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS

Poisonous plants for horses

December 14th, 2017
Sometimes when we let our horses out to pasture, it can be hard to eliminate all potentially fatal plants that can harm our horses once digested. Here at Petplan, we have created a list of some of the most harmful plants

Overcoming pet obesity

December 12th, 2017
Whether it’s lack of exercise or overfeeding, sometimes our pets seem to add a few extra kilos on around the stomach. Although a little bit of weight gain isn’t a huge problem, it can lead to pet obesity which itself

Horse training tips

December 6th, 2017
When starting to train your horse for the first time, it is important to know and understand how horses think and react. Horses are a flight animal, therefore it is imperative that training your horse is a gradual proces

Why does my dog drool?

December 6th, 2017
As a dog owner, you’re sure to have left the house on at least one occasion wearing an unwelcome accessory – doggy slobber. And while it’s completely natural, it can be puzzling; why do our pooches, and especiall